September 26, 2018 - Bri Diaz - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomed five new heads of departments, centers, and institutes this year. Spanning the College’s disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the new leaders bring a wealth of experience both in academia and industry, a renewed interest in graduate education and research, and a fresh perspective on their growing undergraduate programs.
“Many people think they have to be ethnically Asian to take an Asian American or Asian studies class, but this is absolutely not true. Because our programs are fundamentally about justice, human rights, and peace, they are, by definition, for everyone.”
“There seem to be as many reasons to study physics as there are students. Some common draws I have heard from students include an interest in recent news about detecting gravity waves from black holes, the discovery of planets in other solar systems, a fascination with the weird behavior of the quantum world, and even the influence of the TV show The Big Bang Theory.”
“Our Department itself is an interdisciplinary community of scientists from different scientific fields equipped with geographical perspectives and techniques. We are concerned with links between people and nature, as well as spatial analysis and representation of the flows of mass, energy, people, capital, and information.”
“Our undergraduate majors can be found in business, in government, in consulting, in the arts and museums and fundraising, and of course in our obvious strengths in teaching and law. I think the variety of outcomes suggest that learning to think carefully and critically about how societies change turns out to be a valuable skill in an ever-changing job market.”